2011 MN BOXING RESULTS

 

IS JONATHAN PEREZ BORN TO REIGN?
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23RD, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
One should assume that when Perez says, "I will die in the ring if I have to," he is speaking figuratively, since no sane person would expect Perez, 20, to risk his life for the sport. They do, however, want entertainment; and so far, he has fulfilled that wish by going 2-0 (2 KOs) since turning professional in December of 2010. "I never dreamed I was going to turn pro," Perez said. "I was happy that night because in the past [as an amateur] I was always nervous."
While it's too early to tell what skills Perez will display down the road, the emotions etched in his face when he talks about boxing, the passion in his voice, and his physical appearance all suggest good things...
WILLIAMS, FONFARA SPEAK ABOUT SHOWDOWN
Thursday, December 14, 2011 - BY JESSE KELLEY
The Windy City showdown between Phil "The Drill" Williams and Andrzej "The Polish Prince" Fonfara is fast approaching. The two light heavyweights will meet in this Friday's main event, which is promoted by 8 Count Productions at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois. Both fighters say they will be going into the fight confident of victory...
HALSTAD MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
Tom Halstad’s recent success as a trainer has been a long time in the making. Halstad has become good at his profession through indirect and unorthodox ways. He was a self-taught boxing enthusiast with no amateur experience who learned the characteristics of a good trainer by the failures, struggles and redemptions of his parents, Judy and Duane.
“I saw early on how my parents worked their butts off to keep what they had,” Halstad said. “Ever since I was young, my parents had always been like, ‘Learn from your mistakes.’ And they taught me to work hard...
NEW START FOR WALTERS part 2/3
Friday, November 18, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE

PART 2of 3: "Zach almost lost everything, but he has stayed on track because he believes in himself and in a God who loves him,” his mother, Sharyn, told Star Tribune writer Rachel Blount in 2006. If Walters ever needed his faith, it was after his retirement. “I struggled to keep up with bills and maintain my pride in self,” Walters said. “My whole identity was jacked up. I felt like I was crawling, learning how to walk again.” At one point, Walters wrestled with the possibility of doing what his heart told him he shouldn’t. “I have thought about a ‘farewell fight,’” he said. “I got a few calls for short notice fights with pretty nice paydays in early 2010. These were tough to turn down, 'cause I needed the money.”...

WALTERS REMAINS PROMINENT FIGURE part 1/3
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
PART 1 of 3: On a recent business trip I stopped at a local McDonalds for lunch and had a conversation with a social worker from an agency called North Homes. As we spoke about various topics, the young lady impressed me with her ability to recite the different locations of boxing gyms in the area. Somehow our conversation turned to Zach Walters and his local popularity. “He’s very big up here,” she said. “You know the mayor gave him his own gym.” She turned to a kid who looked to be 13 and said, “If you want to box, I can take you there.”...
ANDERSON CONFIDENT IN HIS FIGHTER
Friday, November 4, 2011 - By Jesse Kelley

Minnesota's favorite underdog "The Fighting Chihuahua" Hector Orozco will step through the ropes in front of a televised audience (Telefutura) as he faces undefeated Golden Boy Promotions prospect Hugo Centeno Jr. within hours from now. Orozco and trainer Rick Anderson know they have taken a risk in taking the bout with Centeno Jr, who will have experience, size, and hometown advantage among other things over the Minnesotan tonight. But Anderson says the decision to take the fight was very calculated and that the rewards for a big performance could pay off.
"In order to accomplish big things, you have to take chances" said Anderson. "I think this one is going to pay off. I am really confident in that. If things go well in this fight, which I think they will, we have already gotten several different offers for good fights"..
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KOLLE REMAINS FOCUSSED HEADING INTO FIGHT
Friday, October 21st, 2011 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Tomorrow night marks the return of Andy "Kaos" Kolle (23-2, 17 KO's) as the Duluth resident steps in the ring to face James Wayka (16-10) of Wisconsin in the headlining bout at the 4 Bears Casino in ND.
Kolle is coming off a setback loss to Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) on May 27th in Saint Paul and looks at the fight with Wayka as a way to not only get back on track but also to put to work different techniques he and new trainer Jason Hendrickson have been incorporating into camp. A camp which has included 6 hour round trips, 2 days a week for Kolle, Hendrickson, and team apiece. Wayka is a recognizable name around Minnesota who's known for his slickness and pop in the ring when properly prepared for battle. Kolle says he remains focussed on moving forward in his boxing career following the Truax bout and that begins with what he hopes is an explosive performance against Wayka...

TRUAX FACES OPPONENT CRISIS
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE

Caleb Truax is in a little trouble. After his win over Andy Kolle this past summer in a highly anticipated fight, the 27-year-old finds himself without a local big-named boxer to generate a buzz and keep his career moving since getting national fights are not easy. His chief trainer, Tom Halstad, might relocate to Las Vegas next year and has said he will try and convince the undefeated Truax, 18-0-1, 10 KOs, to consider the same; a scenario Truax says he is not willing to rule out. “At this point I don’t know,” Truax said. “Vegas is the Mecca of boxing, and if a person is serious about their career, right now that’s the place.” Truax did, however, say. “I am a Minnesota boy and it would be difficult to leave.”...

KAYONGO READY TO MAKE IMPACT
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
No one would have wagered that 147-pounder and self-described boxing junkie Mohammad Kayongo would disappear from the game for over two years. In November 2009, Kayongo was on a several-fight winning streak and had just won a small title by stopping James Todd with a third-round TKO. However, his swift exile from the sport, immediately after the fight, KO’d Kayongo’s career more completely than he'd expected.
“I see this as a journey,” the boxer said in a low tone as his wife, Nora, rubbed his back for comfort. “There were some hurdles to get over.” Unfortunately the obstacles involved outside distractions, injuries, and other commitments, all of which stripped Kayongo of the boxing identity he had tenaciously carved out ever since he was an eight-year-old growing up in Uganda...
WEIGHTS FROM ILLINOIS
Thursday, September 22, 2011


Photo courtesy of John Hoffman

Sergio Montes de Oca 120 vs Antwan Robertson 118
Antwan Robertson (7-6), is coming off a win two weeks ago in Illinois and says that he is very focussed for this fight and plans on bringing the victory home to Minnesota. De Oca brings a 4-1,1 KO record to the ring as a pro (17-4 as an amateur).

TAGGART VS KILFIAN TONIGHT IN HINCKLEY
Friday, September 9, 2011
Friday nights fight card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley has the potential to be one of the best all MN undercards in years. Aside from the televised main events, Jeremy McLaurin moves to the featherweight division to battle Gary Eyer. Tony Lee will now rematch Hector Orozco, and Al Sands faces TJ Gibson.
But no Hinckley boxing show would seem right these days without local slugger Tim Taggart Jr. mixing it up on the card. Taggart is never in a dull match and this Friday sees him moving up to the light heavyweight division to face recognizable and tested Wisc/MN fighter Harley Kilfian...
CERRESSO FORT READY FOR BATTLE
Thursday, September 8, 2011
"Sir" Cerresso Fort (11-0) is set for the biggest test of his pro career this Friday night in Florida. Fort, who has spent the last few weeks training down south, will face Florida's Marcus Upshaw in the 21 fight veterans backyard. Upshaw is a tall and rangy fighter that has faced almost exclusively good competition while compiling a record of 13-7-1
"I am so excited to be able to showcase my skills to the Florida people. I love fighting back home in Minnesota but it's time to get out there and take that next step. I will be back fighting in Minnesota soon but now it's time to go out there against a good opponent and bring that win back home." ...
WEEKEND RESULTS
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday night: Antwan Robertson (6-6-1) lost an 8 round unanimous decision to Steve Canell (7-4-3) in Canada. Patrick Cape (6-11) lost by TKO in round two against Sean Eklund (9-4)...

Unbeaten super featherweight Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) destroyed Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KOs) in the first round on HBO in Mexico. Broner trapped Litzau in the corner and battered Litzau to the deck. Time was 2:58. With the win, Broner claimed the vacant USNBC title. -Fightnews.com For video...

Friday night: Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO) Friday night in Texas. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez. -Fightnews.com
For video...

LITZAU, BRONER MAKE WEIGHT
Friday, June 17, 2011


Jason Litzau (129.6) and Adrien Broner (128.3) both made weight Friday afternoon in Mexico. The two battle in Saturday nights HBO co-feature. Photo courtesty of Golden Boy Promotions.

ROBERTSON, CAPE IN ACTION SATURDAY
Friday, June 17, 2011

 

The busy weekend on the road for MN pro boxers continues as "Lil Superman" Antwan Robertson and "The Raging Bull" Patrick Cape head to Canada to fight this Saturday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Robertson (6-5-1) will face 30 year old Steve Canell (6-4-3) in a super bantamweight bout. Cape (6-10) returns for the first time since last September to box Sean Eklund (8-4), who is the nephew of Mickey Ward.

WEIGHTS FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS
Thursday, June 16, 2011


Photo Courtesty of Sean Hickman

Antonio Gamez 150 vs Javontae Starks 147.75

JASON LITZAU: THIS IS MY TIME
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - By Jesse Kelley

 

"God has a plan for us all and I truly believe this is my time. Broner is going to have to wait another day for his".
Those were the last words Jason Litzau spoke to MinnesotaBoxing.com last week following one of his final sparring sessions prior to leaving for Guadalajara, Mexico for this Saturday nights showdown with Adrien "The Problem" Broner. The two Super Featherweight contenders meet on the HBO televised undercard headlined by WBC World Super Welterweight champion Canelo Alvarez as he makes his first defense against Englands Ryan Rhodes...

STARKS RETURNS, ESPN SWING BOUT
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Austin, TX- Fans across the nation may get their first look at Minneapolis native Javontae Starks (4-0, 4 ko’s) when he does battle with Antonio Gamez (6-3)at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Starks will take on Gamez in the swing spot of this weekend’s telecast of Friday Night Fights. If one of the televised bouts is ended prematurely due to a knockout or any other avenue Starks’ long awaited debut with Prize Fight Promotions will see national air time. Slated to appear in the card’s feature spots are Fernando Guerrero taking on Grady Brewer, and Karim Mayfield going up against Steve Forbes. Starks signed with Prize Fight earlier this year after compiling a 4-0 record in his home state of Minnesota. Friday will mark the end of an inactive streak dating back into 2010 and Starks says he’s ready to jump back into action. “I’m excited man, Just to get back in there and show people what I’m all about. I’m ready to represent my hometown on the national stage.” Starks noted. The 6 foot junior middleweight will pay tribute to a hero of his this Friday with his ring attire. Starks will wear trunks resembling those of Diego “Chico” Corrales, a man he considers a source of inspiration. “I’m going to tip my hat to Chico with the trunks that I wear, I’m excited about that. That’s one of the guys that I really admire and have a lot of respect for.” Starks commented.
Friday Night Fights from Austin, TX will air this Friday night on ESPN2.
MINNESOTANS COMPETE IN NY FOR MASTERS
Monday, June 6, 2011

 

Congratulations to the Uppercut Gym boxers who competed in New York City last week at Gleason's Gym for the 2011 Masters tournament. Alfonso Vasquez, Steve McComas, Jack Kennelly and Laura Steberg all competed with Vasquez and McComas placing first in their division.

PRESS RELEASE: EDWARDS OPPONENT NAMED
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings player and current NFL free agent Ray Edwards (1-0) looks to continue his journey into the Heavyweight ranks against undefeated Larry Butler (1-0) at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota on June 24, 2011. Those who witnessed Edward’s first professional boxing match will recall Larry Butler’s vicious battle against Van Goodman. Both Edwards and Butler are coming off impressive victories on May 20. Edwards’ fight will be the featured bout on a scheduled six fight card promoted by Justin Seurer’s Midwest Sports Council in association with Bob Stein’s RDS Company. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. Fights will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Casino Hinckley Event Center. Tickets are on sale now and going fast at www.ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $30 to $100 for the closest look at the action. Weigh-ins will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Grand Casino Hinckley. The weigh-ins will be open to the public.
TRUAX WINS STATE TITLE IN THRILLER
Saturday, May 28, 2011

 

In a clash for the Minnesota State middleweight title, unbeaten Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Andy Kolle (23-3, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Saint Paul Armory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Truax, 96-94 Kolle.
IBF #8 welterweight Said Ouali (28-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of late sub Dumont Welliver (18-24-1, 6 KOs), who took the fight on short notice after Ouali’s original opponent Jhon Berrio was a no show.
"Sir" Charles Meier (5-2) won a unanimous decision over Silas Ortley (4-9-1). Scores were 39-37 on all three cards.
Jake Backus (1-2) won a majority decision over Philip Adyaka (0-3).
Aaron Green (3-0) knocked out Zak Jensen (0-2) at 1:13 of the 1st round.
Mike Richman (1-0) stopped Bruce Johnson in Rd 4...

VIDEO: WEIGHTS, BACKUS, ADYAKA INTERVIEWS
Friday, May 27, 2011

Weigh In footage from last night at ACR Gym in Coon Rapids plus interviews with bantamweights Jake Backus and Philip Adyaka who meet in a bout that could rival the fireworks that should take place during the main event State title bout between Andy Kolle and Caleb Truax. The action takes place a few hours from now at the Saint Paul Armory.

 

WEIGHTS FROM THE ACR GYM
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:15pm


More Photos and video including interviews with Jake Backus and Philip Adyaka will be posted tomorrow morning.

Minnesota State MiddleweightTitle Fight
Andy Kolle 160 vs. Caleb Truax 160
Said Ouali 153 vs. Dumont Welliver (weighs in tomorrow)
(Ouali's original opponent Jhon Berrio was a no show)
Aaron Green 265 vs. Zak Jensen 280
Charles Meier 161.5 vs. Silas Ortley 160
Jake Backus 118 vs. Phillip Adayka 120
Mike Richman 150 vs. Bruce Johnson 151
Michael Faulk injured his back and his bout with Trent Mcnutt is off
Venue: National Guard Armory, Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions

TRUAX, KOLLE WEIGH INS TONIGHT
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:15am
Tonights Weigh Ins for the big showdown between Caleb Truax and Andy Kolle will be held at the ACR Boxing Gym in Cool Rapids at 5:30pm. The Weigh Ins are open to the public. ACR Gym is located at 9418 Foley Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN or visit http://www.lykesacrboxing.net/ for more info.
VIDEO: KOLLE VS. TRUAX HAS ARRIVED
Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 11:15am

Caleb Truax vs Andy Kolle fight week has arrived. In five days the State's two top middleweights will settle scores, answer questions, and give Minnesota fight fans the showdown they have been waiting for. Minnesotaboxing.com dug through our photo/video archives and put the following video together to kick off fight week. So turn up your speaker volume and let the countdown begin.

 

FULL REPORT: EDWARDS DECISIONS GIBSON
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 9:55pm - Report By Ray Kilgore - Photos By Jesse Kelley


Cerresso Fort (right) stopped Tim Taggart Jr. in the co-featured bout Friday night in Hinckley

Leading up to Friday's night fight at Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, 26, and his trainer, Jeff Warner, did a good job of talking up Edwards as the next best heavyweight.
"Ray will be the first to come from pro football as a starter and destroy the heavyweight division," Warner told a local newspaper before the fight. "He's a modern-day Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson combined."
Well, Edwards, who was rumored to have received $5,000 plus 50 percent of the live gate, was far from either Ali or Tyson, taking a four-round unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson winning by scores of 40-34, 39-35, 40-34 on all three cards.
The 6'5", 258-pound Edwards quickly discovered that 5'9" Gibson wasn't willing to come in and lie down, as many expected he would...

QUICK RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 10:00pm BY JESSE KELLEY

FULL REPORT AND PHOTOS TO FOLLOW

Ray Edwards won a four round unanimous decision over TJ Gibson Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Edwards was surprisingly composed for much of the action despite never having been in a real boxing match prior to tonight. Edwards boxed behind his jab and avoided the few punches that ended up coming his way from Gibson, particularly fending off looping rights well with a high left guard. The crowd grew restless as the fight went on while waiting for the heavy leather to begin to fly. Edwards did score two knockdowns (1st and 3rd rounds) but the action was largely missing as both fighters waiting to counter the other. If the bar hadn't been set so high prior to the fight with bold predictions and comparisons, Edwards would probably be receiving more praise for his composure in the ring from fans and media. But as it stands, most in the arena were left wanting to see more. Edwards says he is anxious to get back in the ring and grow as a fighter.
In other action, Cerresso Fort put an explanation point on his ring return against Tim Taggart with a second round knock out. Fort put Taggart down once in the first but the fight still remained a back and forth shoot-out with both fighters having their moments. Fort put a sudden end to the action however in round 2 with a counter right to the head that put a dazed Taggart down to his seat where referee Joe Cortez stopped the action.

Jamal James won an exciting and close decision over Hector Orozco. James landed the sharper blows but Orozco was in his face from start to finish with non-stop punching. The crowd seemed split on who took this one but the judges were unanimous.
Larry Butler won by TKO over Van Goodman due to a nasty cut over the left eye
Tony Lee battered a game Ronnie Fuentez winning by TKO in round 4
Jonathan Perez stopped Ray Torres in round 2

VIDEO: WEIGH-INS PLUS GIBSON, FORT, TAGGART
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 10:00pm

Weigh-Ins went off without a problem last night at Throwbacks in Woodbury for tonights fights at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Watch the weigh-ins plus words from TJ Gibson as well as co-main event fighters Cerresso Fort and Tim Taggart below.

 

JUNGLE BOY GYM
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 1:47pm
Zach Walters' recent retirement from professional boxing may have brought an end to a colorful career in the ring but it has hardly kept him away from his Duluth gym. In fact, after just a year after hanging the gloves up himself, Duluth amateur boxers can now be heard calling Walters "coach" as they enter what is now called The Jungle Boy Gym. Tonight is another milestone for Walters as he helps host the first amateur boxing event under the new name. Those bouts tonight at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth can be seen live online at www.ifan.tv. But before we let Walters turn the page to the next chapter of his boxing life, Minnesotaboxing.com asked Walters to share with us his favorite memory in the ring. Like many other Minnesota boxing fans that followed Walters throughout his career, the former MN State light heavyweight champ chose his 2005 bout against Jesse Sanders. The arena was packed, the ring was crowded by media and blinding flashes, and the blood was flying that night in Duluth...
FRIDAY FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH IN ALERT
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:53am
Weigh Ins for tomorrow nights fight card in Hinckley will happen at Throwbacks Grille & Bar in Woodbury, MN. The event gets kicks off at 6pm tonight (Thursday). Visit our schedule link for more info on the card. Throwbacks is located at 1690 Woodlane Dr., Woodbury, MN 55125. Or visit Throwbacks online for directions at www.Throwbacksbar.com.
WEEKEND RESULTS: BRANT, FIGUEROA
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:08am

Minnesota amateur boxer Rob Brant picked up a title while Danny Figueroa lost a hard fought battle over the weekend. Oakdale's Brant traveled to California where he competed in the 2011 Adidas National boxing tournament, picking up the light heavyweight title.
Hasting's Danny Figueroa (3-2) lost a 4 round decision to 2008 Olympian Javier Molina (6-0) in a jr. middleweight bout. The full fight can be viewed below.

 

BOXING MEETS BASEBALL JUNE 30TH
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 9:08am
Join the MN Saints baseball team and the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame as they pay tribute to the Class of 2010 including Scott LeDoux, Will Grigsby, Don Riley and other boxing greats as well as announce the Induction Class of 2011 with an on field ceremony before the game on Thursday, June 30, 2011...
VIDEO: SARGENT VS PURITTY
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 9:42pm
In light of football player Ray Edwards making his pro debut in a few weeks, Minnesotaboxing.com was able to track down former Minnesota heavyweight John Sargent's bout with high school/college football star turned boxer Ross Puritty. Puritty went on to be one of the toughest and most durable football player turned boxers in the sport. Puritty is probably best known for his come from behind stoppage win over Wladimir Klitschko in 1998. Sargent did not match the impressive physique of the athlete Puritty but went on to dominate the six round bout which took place January 6th, 1991 in North Dakota...
FORT RETURNS AGAINST TAGGART
THURSDAY May 6, 2011 - 7:41am
St. Paul, MN- Middleweight boxer Cerresso Fort (10-0 8 ko’s) will make his return to the ring May 20, ending an inactive stint that began in July of 2010. Fort, who recently opened a gym Fort will be in action against Tim Taggart(5-2, 2 ko’s). The bout, which will take place at Grand Casino Hinckley, will mark Fort’s first action in his home state of Minnesota since December of 2009, when he stopped Michael Davis in two rounds...
TRUAX VS KOLLE: THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE
THURSDAY APRIL 28, 2011 - 6:53pm
In just under a month, fight fans will see two of our state's top draws battle it out in the capital city of Saint Paul to determine who the number one middleweight is in Minnesota. Both Caleb Truax and Andy Kolle say they have been trying to get this fight lined up for years. What they have a hard time telling you on record is just how badly they have wanted to take a swing in the ring at the other. The lack of "rivalry" talk doesn't come from fear but rather the similarity both guys share in avoiding trash talk in and out of the ring. As the old saying goes, they like to let their fists do the talking.
And judging from the words the fighters and their camps share away from the mic, there will be plenty of jaw jacking coming out of those fists when May 27th finally arrives...
BUTLER VS PRICE LIVE STREAM UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 - 2:31pm Updated at 4:30pm
Raphael Butler took a huge right hand from David Price to the side of the face that dropped him hard early in round one moments ago in England. Butler was seriously hurt but made it to his feet where he was put down for good seconds later.
I will try to provide a live stream of Raphael Butlers fight against David Price from England. It appears the fights start around 3:30pm local time. Click the following link and play the "Sky Sports 1 " link on the right hand side of page. If the link goes down I will try to find a working one... CLICK HERE
THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR BUTLER
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 - 10:11pm
Raphael "The Silencer" Butler (35-9, 28 KO's) returns to action tomorrow night against British heavyweight hopeful David Price (9-0) in Liverpool, Merseyside, UK. Last time out, Butler traveled to Canada where he appeared to out bang or at the very least take half the rounds with local undefeated fighter Neven Pajkic despite finding himself surprisingly far behind on all three judges cards after 10 rounds of action.
The man he will try to take out this Wednesday night is fellow 27 year old former Olympic bronze medalist David Price. Minnesotaboxing.com talked with Butler last week after sparring at the Upper Cut Gym...
BUTLER AND COMPANY WORK AT UPPERCUT
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011 - 10:18am


From left: Raphael Butler, Aaron Green, Brett Rogers, Heath Roth, Van Goodman

Raphael Butler has been in the cities preparing for his April 27th bout in England against David Price (9-0). Butler along with Aaron Green (who is now set to box on the undercard of Caleb Truax vs Andy Kolle, May 27th in Saint Paul) have been getting work in via heavyweight round-robin style sparring sessions this week at the Uppercut gym in Mnpls. Duluth's Al Sands, Mnpls' Van Goodman also joined MMA fighters Brett Rogers and Heath Roth in the ring. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with Butler to discuss the upcoming bout with Price which will be televised on Skysports. I will post an online link to view the fight live along with the full interview shortly...

EDWARDS HAS LOCAL HEAVY WEIGHTS KNOCKING
FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH, 2011 - 3:45pm
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards will make his professional boxing debut on May 20th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
Despite having no prior boxing experience, pro or amateur, Edwards has National media outlets buzzing in anticipation for the soon to be prize fighter to step off the gridiron and through the ropes. Espn and Sports Illustrated are among those joining in the conversation. The news has not gone unnoticed by local Minnesota heavyweights either. Minnesotaboxing.com has received "call outs" from local boxers looking to welcome Edwards to the sport...
VIDEO: MIKE EVGEN HIGHLIGHTS
SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2011 - 11:26am
19 years ago today "The Rice Street Rocker" Mike Evgen beat Louie Lomelli at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul to become the IBO Jr. Welterweight champ. Evgen said in a 2005 interview with Minnesotaboxing.com that he considers his 1992 win over Lomeli to be his best and toughest win as a professional. Evgen shared these videos with us which show rounds 1 and 12 of his bout with Lomelli as well as a 7th round stoppage clip over Billy Betts in 1990 at the old Venetian Inn in Roseville...
FORT, OUTLAW OFFICIALLY OPEN GYM TODAY
SATURDAY, APRIL 2ND, 2011 - 8:36am
Element Boxing and Fitness, headed by local boxers Cerresso Fort and business partner Dalton Outlaw both invite you to the gym's grand opening this afternoon from 1pm-4pm. The gym is located at 506 PRIOR AVE. in Saint Paul, MN. Minnesotaboxing.com mistakenly reported the opening to be last week. It will be a chance to mingle with both past and present boxers as well as learn more about what Element Boxing and Fitness has to offer.
VIDEO: TAGGART VS MEIER
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:57pm
Tim Taggart and Charles Meier engaged in 6 round bloody battle last month at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Taggart came out on top in the end as both fighters put it all out there for the fans to see that night. For those of you who missed the fight Minnesotaboxing.com presents Taggart vs Meier...
UPDATE: TRUAX VS VANDA POSTPONED!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:57pm
Just when we thought it was time to start getting ready for Caleb Truax vs Matt Vanda, news comes in that the fight is off. The New Jersey Boxing Commission didn't like the fact that Vanda fought Yory Boy Campas last month in Mexico because he was on suspension in NJ for traces of marijuana in his post fight drug test against Ossie Davis last November. NJ has now put Vanda on a 9 month suspension and the MN Commission has said they will honor it here in MN. Word is that Vanda and Truax might still meet in November when the suspension is up and seeing Truax in action early June is still an option being looked at but nothing is set at this time. I am also told that negotiation between Truax and Andy Kolle's camp are back underway for a possible showdown. Kolle is currently set to headline a card May 21st in Duluth but does not have an opponent locked in. Stay tuned for more.
TRUAX EYES FIGHT WITH VANDA
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:55am
By Ray Kilgore: Caleb Truax, fresh off his battle with Phil Williams already has his sights set on the recently announced showdown on May 27 against rival Matt Vanda: "I have all the respect for Matt. He worked out at my gym and taught me a lot," said Truax.
"I learned a lot from him. Now it's time to come full circle and get in the ring with him and show him what I got."
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Where the Red Ferns Grow…the story of Silk's Grove
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 10:40pm
By Jake Wegner: I had been reading about it for a while; this "cloak and dagger" piece of land, which to most, served as one of the most scenic and relaxing spots in Saint Paul during the 1870's and 80's. Churches took riverboat excursions there for 4th of July celebrations, and journalists often wrote of a tract of land about a mile south of Kaposia that served as a hotspot for large picnics and fun. Known to all as "Silk's Grove", this scenic and lush plot of land had a secret; for the grasses that absorbed laughter and games, also soaked up blood and spit. And the many oak and spruce trees that made for excellent hide and seek spots, also made for strong ring posts. It was indeed, a picnic paradise…and a prize ring secret. Yet today, some 126 years later, time has managed to erase them both. Perhaps it is precisely this fact that led many to tell me that finding this spot would be almost impossible.
Oh, ye of little faith...
 
WASSWA, KILFIAN STOPPED ON THE ROAD
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 10:24pm
Minneapolis featherweight Hassan Wasswa (5-13-3) was stopped in the third round last night in Canada by Tyson Cave (14-1)...
Menominee Wisconsin’s Harley “The Sandman” Kilfan (8-7) also lost by stoppage in Maryland to Alex Guerrero (6-0-1)...
WEEKEND RECAP, UPCOMING WEEKEND ACTION
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011 - 2:45pm

Last weekend saw Jeremy McLaurin stopped in the opening round in Vegas and Oakdale's Rob Brant go (0-3) in World Series of Boxing action. This weekend Minneapolis featherweight Hassan Wasswa travels to Canada to face flashy boxer Tyson Cave while local amateur shows can be seen tonight in Duluth and Saturday at the Uppercut Gym in Mnpls.
Last Saturday, McLaurin (8-2) traveled outside of his home state for the first time to battle undefeated prospect Juan Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KO's). McLaurin, who stood a few inches shorter then his opponent, Stood and traded with Gonzalez from the start. McLaurin was able to land some decent body blows and chopping overhand shots but Gonzalez kept his guard high and his punches found their target early as an uppercut followed by another head shot dropped the Minnesotan. Referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight at 1:56 as McLaurin was getting to his feet to continue.
Memphis Force light heavyweight Robert Brant continued to look strong in the early going of his bout against Ahmed Elbiali of Florida only to lose the lead down the stretch last Sunday night. Worldseriesofboxing.com reported the following...
Ahmed Elbiali (Sunny Isles, Fla.) came into his light heavyweight (85 kg/187 lbs) bout against Robert Brant (St. Paul, Minn.) determined to keep the Gallos in contention for the win. It was an uphill battle for Elbiali, as the more experienced Brant forced his opponent to chase him around the ring. But Elbiali took his time and wore Brant down with solid punches to the head and body, getting the decision, 48-47, 48-47, 48-47.
This weekend is busy for our amateurs as well as one of our pro's. 31 year old Hassan Wasswa (5-12) returns to Canada for the 5th time in his last 6 bouts to face south paw Tyson Cave (13-1) on Saturday night. Cave holds wins over locals Antwan Robertson and Darby Smart in 2010.
Amateur Boxing: Saint Patrick's Day boxing takes place tonight at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. For those that can't attend, the fights can be seen live starting at 7PM at www.ifan.tv
The 2011 Golden Gloves Region 1 tournament tournament is this Saturday at the Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis. Doors open at 7pm.

"LIGHTS OUT" IN LAS VEGAS, FIGHT STREAM
FRIDAY, MARCH 11TH , 2011 - 9:07am UPDATE
Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin left for Las Vegas on Wednesday to prepare for his bout against Golden Boy Promotions prospect Juan Gonzalez (10-0) this Saturday. McLaurin's fight will be on the off-TV undercard to Showtime's Pay Per View clash between Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. "I am following my dreams out here in Vegas and looking to bring home a win" said McLaurin. Toprank will be streaming the undercard live tonight which includes McLaurin's fight. To watch
WEEKEND ACTION - KLIEWER FACES JACOBS
FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH , 2011 - 5:27pm
UPDATE: Kliewer was stopped in the opening round. Bobby Kliewer (right) faces off with Daniel Jacobs at today's weigh-in's in California. Kliewer faces Jacobs (who is in the new EA Sport Fight Night Champion game) tomorrow night in an off TV HBO bout. Kliewer's trainer Johnny Johnson (seen in the background) told Minnesotaboxing.com that Kliewer is in top shape for this fight and hasn't left the gym since his bout with Tony Bonsante in December.
"LIGHTS OUT" TV SERIES
MARCH 4TH , 2011 - 9:54PM
Coon Rapids lightweight Jeremy McLaurin (8-1) will be featured in a new TV documentary series on the CW Twin Cities starting this Sunday morning (March 6th) at 2:35am. "Lights Out" is a series which follows the boxer and gives a closer look into his life including his early days in orphanages and jumps from foster homes to the present where his family backs his dreams of becoming a successful prize fighter. For a promo...
TRUAX VS VANDA FINALIZED
THURSDAY MARCH 3RD, 2011 - 3:52PM
"Golden" Caleb Truax and Matt "The Predator" Vanda have signed to face each other on May 27th at the Armory in Saint Paul. Truax, fresh off a victory over Phil Williams says he is excited to face Vanda in another all MN marquee main event. "I'm looking forward to getting in the ring with Matt on May 27th. We both have a big following so hopefully we can pack the fans in and give them a great show" said Truax.
Vanda is coming off of a UD loss to Yory Boy Campas on February 18th in Mexico and looks to get back in the win column against Truax. "Caleb's a good fighter but I know exactly how to beat him. I think this is a fight the fans have wanted to see for a while. I can't wait to get back in the ring in May" said Vanda.
TRUAX DECISIONS WILLIAMS IN HINCKLEY
FEBRUARY 27TH, 2011 - PHOTOS AND REPORT BY JESSE KELLEY

"Golden" Caleb Truax (17-0-1, 10 KO's) of Osseo, MN remained undefeated Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with a hard fought majority decision win over Phil "The Drill" Williams (11-4-1, 10 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN. Truax and Williams battled to a 10 round draw on April 23rd of last year. Both fighters fought cautiously for the better part of the first meeting and after three rounds Saturday night, it seemed fans were in for another cautious chess match.
The punches began to fly however near the end of round three and the action was constant for the remainder of the fight. Scores read 95/95, 97/94, 96/94..FOR FULL FIGHT REPORT...

TRUAX-WILLIAMS SETTLE WEIGHT ISSUES
FEBRUARY 26TH, 2011

The main event between Caleb Truax and Phil Williams is on tonight despite trouble at last nights weigh-ins. Caleb Truax weighed in at 161, a pound under the contracted weight of 162. Williams weighed 165, three pounds over. After being given 2 hours to shed the weight Williams still weighed 164.5. The two camps were later able to come to an agreement on a purse deduction because of the weight and the fight remains on for tonight in Hinckley, MN. Stay tuned to the Twitter feed to the left for live results tonight.

Main Event 10 Rounds
Phil Williams 164.5 Caleb Truax 161

Semi-Main Event
Rob Diezel 130.5 Ismail Muwendo 129.5

Charles Meier 161 Tim Taggart 164

Justin Danforth 146.5 Jamal James 145

Alexander Tousignant 144.5 Tony Lee 140

Zak Jensen 227.5 Serhiy Karpenko 287

VIDEO INTERVIEW: TRUAX VS WILLIAMS 2 PREVIEW
FEBRUARY 24TH, 2011 - BY JESSE KELLEY
TAGGART IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 23rd, 2011
By Daniel Guden, PhilBoxing.com: Supermiddleweight prospect Tim Owen Taggart Jr. will return to the square ring after nine months in a boxing promotion entitled "Saturday Night Fights" this February 26 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN
Taggart (4w-2L-2D) will face St. Paul City based Charles Meier (4-1-1, 2KO) in a 6-round non-title showdown.
Taggart is under the tutelage of Florida based Henry Foster and is wrapping up his preparations for this bout. The author writing for Sunstar Superbalita and SportsManila.net and reporting for DYRF Rayo Fuerza in Cebu spoke over the phone with Minnesota based boxing judge Tim Taggart Sr. who said that they are not familiar with Meier's style and have no tapes of his fights.
"We have no idea about this boxer (Meier) but my son (Tim Jr.) is ready for the fight"...
 
OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD - DICK MOORE
FEBRUARY 23rd, 2011
By Jake Wegner: I had come across his name many times while researching the lives and careers of other 19th Century Minnesota prizefighters. Over and over I'd see his name in print, and with nice accolades beside it. "A boxing master," one newspaper called him. "He has the moves and agility of James J. Corbett," proclaimed another. Those were comments that caught my attention more than a little. But it was when I came across an 1893 newspaper article from the east coast, while Moore was campaigning out in Boston, that really interrupted my research on my previous subject of fascination, and turned my sights on Mr. Moore...They called him "The Wizard" and "Gentleman Dick". We call him our own...
KOLLE'S IBO WORLD TITLE BOUT OFF
FEBRUARY 21st, 2011
HORTON GYM PRESS RELEASE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, Andy “Kaos” Kolle will not be fighting Avtandil Khurtsidze (22-2-2, 13 KO's) of Kiev, Ukraine, for the IBO World Middleweight title. Chuck Horton, Kolle’s trainer, for personal reasons, will be unable to join the team in Tbilisi, Georgia for the March 13 bout. Kolle was ready to bring Minnesota and Duluth a World title but things do not always go as planned. Horton has informed the promoter, Elite Boxing Promotion, of the Ukraine and they would like to work with us in the future.
Horton’s Gym Promotions announced today that they have a venue and date for Kolle’s next fight. May 21st has been approved by the Minnesota boxing commission and Kolle, among others, will be featured on the card. More information on the full card’s line-up will be given in the upcoming weeks.
VANDA DROPS DECISION TO CAMPAS IN REMATCH
FEBRUARY 19TH, 2011
Matt Vanda (42-13) lost a unanimous decision to Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas(96-15-1) late last night in Mexico. The fight was delayed over an hour because of a failed power supply. Once things got started it sounds like the leather flew for 10 back and forth rounds. More details to come.
VIDEOS: VANDA ARRIVES IN MEXICO FOR CAMPAS
FEBRUARY 16TH, 2011 UPDATES NOW UP
32 year old Matt "The Predator" Vanda (42-12) has been in Mexico preparing for Friday nights rematch with Yory Boy Campas (95-15-1). The bout takes place in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. Vanda, and his cornermen Jesse Garza and Leonard Mcquen have been documenting the trip and will be sending video footage for us to see throughout their stay in Mexico.They also sent word that the fight will be replayed this Saturday night from 9-11pm on Azteca America.
Keep checking back for the latest video's...

ALFARO OUTSLUGS EYER IN DULUTH
FEBRUARY 14TH, 2011

Vicente Alfaro (5-1) won an 8 round split decision on Saturday night in Duluth over Gary Eyer (8-1-1). It was a non stop slugfest from beginning to end. Both men continued to trade heavy punches throughout the bout and each showed incredible heart in the process but Alfaro was landing more frequently as Eyer was unable to sustain a constant attack like he has in past fights. Both fighters let their punches fly in the closing moments of an action packed fight. When the smoke cleared, Alfaro had earned a split decision victory by scores of 78-74, 78-74 for Alfaro and 78-75 for Eyer.
In other action RJ Laase won a unanimous decision over Hector Orozco in an entertaining 6 rounder.
Aaron Green (2-0) stopped Jordan Zeigler (1-1) in round one.
Al Sands (2-0) stopped Zack Zeigler (3-2) at 2:25 of the opening round.
Dustin Mason (1-0) stopped Andrew Selvig (0-1) in the opening round.
FOR FULL DETAILS AND MORE PHOTO'S...

WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH
FEBRUARY 11TH, 2011

Gary Eyer and Vicente Alfaro were on a mission during training camp to prove doubters wrong that said they could not make the bantamweight (118) limit. They ended up doing that and a whole lot more moments ago at tonights weigh-ins. Eyer weighed in at 114 while Alfaro came in even lighter at 113.8 (no those are not misprints) for their main event clash set for tomorrow night.


Photo Credit: Jason Hendrickson
Gary Eyer 114 vs Vicente Alfaro 113.8
RJ Laase 138.5 vs Hector Orozco 139.5
Aaron Green 276 vs Jordan Ziegler 229
Al Sands 201.5 vs Zack Ziegler 221
Dustin Mason 135 vs Andrew Selvig 136.4

EYER SET FOR ALFARO, 118lb DIVISION
FEBRUARY 8TH, 2011

"Stone Cold" Gary Eyer (8-0-1) and Vicente Alfaro (4-1) are set to battle in this Saturday's main event at Clyde's Iron Works Restaurant in Duluth. Eyer, 25, will test the waters at 118 lbs against a formidable opponent in Alfaro."Alfaro is from the same camp as Levi (Cortes, who Eyer defeated in thrilling fashion in 2009) so he has to be tough. He has a good coach (Fernando Ortiz) and in all the picture's I have seen he has huge arms for a small guy" said Eyer when asked to give his thoughts about facing Alfaro...

SCHMIDT READY FOR NEXT CHALLENGE
JANUARY 27TH , 2011
By Marty "Wolfman" Lindquist - Jon Schmidt (10-1) will face his toughest test tomorrow night in California against former Olympian and prospect Shawn Estrada (10-0). It's not known for sure if the bout will be the televised opener on ESPN but Schmidt says he plans to make the best of the opportunity regardless. Prior to the this fight being finalized, one of Minnesota's more colorful personalities caught up with Schmidt to discuss his career to date for the Minnesotaboxing.com readers. Here is how the conversation went..
LITZAU REVISITS CABALLERO WIN
JANUARY 26TH , 2011

Super featherweight contender Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) has shot into the limelight following his shocking upset victory over highly regarded world champion Celestino Caballero on November 27th. Litzau overcame lopsided betting odds with the victory, in some cases as high as 13-1. Now rated in the top five by the WBC, WBA, and the IBF, Litzau admits he was surprised when told he was such a wide underdog in the hours leading up to the fight.
“To all my fans that bet on me, Merry Christmas! Santa came to town. And for everybody that bet on Caballero, I hope your broke as sh*t...

RODRIGUEZ CONFIDENT GOING INTO FIGHT FULL STORY
JANUARY 26TH , 2011
Corey Rodriguez (5-1-2) will travel to Chicago this Friday, January 28th to face undefeated Achour Esho (9-0) at the UIC Pavilion.
"Hopefully it will be a great night for Minnesota!" said Rodriguez. "Joey Abell, Jon Schmidt and myself all have important fights. Jason Litzau set the tone for Minnesota and we are going to continue it."...
JAN 7TH HYATT CARD POSTPONED
JANUARY 4TH, 2011
Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out has confirmed that the boxing card scheduled for January 7th at the Hyatt in Minneapolis has been postponed. The IBF title eliminator main event between Yusaf Mack and Otis Griffin is still said to be the headliner with prospect Ismail Muwendo also featured. "Golden" Caleb Truax (16-0) will now be fighting in the co-feature. The new date will be either the first or second week in February, with the 4th being the most likely date. Details to come as they are available.
SAVAGE AMATEUR BOXING RESULTS
MONDAY JANUARY 23, 2012- BY DALE JACKSON
Lots of hard work from promoter and ATT Savage owner Eric Aasen resulted in an exciting amateur boxing show on January 14th in Savage, MN. The main event saw Olympic hopeful Robert Brant win an exciting decision over Jonathan Guyer. Savage boxing coach and match maker Dale Jackson called a featured bout between Dalton Outlaw and Puol Both the fight of the night. For a recap of the afternoons bouts by Mr. Jackson...
REST IN PEACE FRANK JIMENEZ 1943-2012
THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2012 - BY JAKE WEGNER
Francisco Ramon Jimenez, better known to local boxing fans as Frank Jimenez, passed away on Thursday, January 12th. He had recently celebrated his 69th birthday. Jimenez was an accomplished amateur boxer from southern Minnesota, where he and his boxing brother, Fred, first made headlines...
WILLIAMS STOPPED IN CHICAGO
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 - BY JESSE KELLEY

 

This past Friday night in Chicago was supposed to be a second beginning for the boxing career of Phil "The Drill" Williams. As Williams prepared to head out to the Windy City to fight, boxing fans and figures back home were largely in agreement that this was a prime opportunity for the "old" Drill to resurface. Positive text messages and phone calls including some from former ring rivals of Williams was further proof of that. Williams had six weeks to ready himself to face the up and coming but still improving prospect Andrzej Fonfara. And Williams himself said it would be a new beginning. But after getting stopped by Fonfara in the third round last Friday night, one can only hope that the new beginning will still come the next time around...

QUICK WEEKEND MN RESULTS
SATUDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011

From Fightnews: WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) stayed busy as he continued his long wait for a world title shot with a fifth round TKO over tough guy Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-14, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The big-punching Rubio’s hard shots had busted up the game Vanda by round four and referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop it in the fifth with Vanda under heavy fire. Time was 2:42...
From Fightnews: WBO NABO light heavyweight champion Andrew “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 12 KO) needed just three rounds in his scheduled for ten round bout against Phill Williams (11-5, 10 KO) to boost his impressive record as a light heavyweight to eight fights and eight KOs. Fonfara knocked out Williams after just 1:25 of round number three. “We knew that Phil can hit, so I decided to be aggressor, don’t let him set his punches up,” said Fonfara after his fight in front of around 2,800 mostly Polish fans in UIC Pavillion in Chicago.
“He hit me hard, maybe once or two, but I knew that I can attack behind my double jab anytime I want. After the second round, my trainer Sam Colonna asked me to use my left hand more aggressively. Knowing that Williams is afraid of my right hand power, I did a little fake, and he stepped directly into my left hook. Right cross just finished the fight,” said the 24-year-old, ranked currently by WBO at #8.

PHOTOS AND FULL REPORT FROM CHICAGO TO COME

DEC. 10 UPPERCUT AMATEUR RESULTS
Thursday, December 14, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
Saturday night was what boxing is all about. In front of a packed house, where many fans stood to watch the show, Uppercut gym put on a 15-bout card that saw everything from some controversial bouts, to too-close-to-call bouts, to masterful boxing. Professional fighters s Phil Williams, Antwan Robertson (who came in style with a fur coat), Jonathan Perez, Ismail Muwendo and Jeremy McLaurin, were all in attendance. But tonight belonged to the amateurs...
A. LITZAU RETURNS TO ACTION TONIGHT
Friday, November 23, 2011

UPDATE: Allen Litzau lost a 6 round unanimous decision to John Lewus. Scores Read 59-55 twice and 58-56.
Reports: CyberBoxingZone - Fightnews - Chicago Tribune
Saint Paul's Allen Litzau (13-6) returns to action in Chicago tonight against former title challenger John Lewus (25-4-1). Litzau and Lewus (pictured left at weigh-ins) weighed in at 144. Lewus went the distance with Kennedy McKinney, Vuyani Bungu and Orlando Canizales as a bantamweight during the 90's. Litzau, who has been training amateur boxers recently, will be coming in at the highest weight of his career. Litzau was Nationally rated as an amateur and shared some of his past fights with us recently which can be seen in the video below...


TITLE BOUT FOR VANDA
November 18th, 2011
Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-13) faces what could be his toughest test as he takes on Marco Antonio Rubio (52-5-1) on Dec. 16 at the Mandaley Bay Casino in Las Vegas. Up for grabs is the vacant WBC Latino belt.
"My fight is for the WBC Latin title" Vanda told Minnesotaboxing.com. "It only makes sense...I'm Mexican"!
CONTRERAS, WATSON THRILL DULUTH CROWD
Friday, November 23, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE - Photo's by John D’Auria
Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters hosted an amateur card that was creative and filled with solid action. The event took place on Thursday Nov. 17th at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth . Manny Contreras stopped Ryan Watson in an action packed main event...
VANDA STOPS KILFIAN IN 3
Tuesday, November 14, 2011 - BY JESSE KELLEY

 

Matt "The Predator" Vanda knocked out Harley Kilfian in round three last Friday, November 11th at the Armory in Saint Paul, MN.
Vanda landed a hard right followed by a left hook to the head that dropped Kilfian for the count :29 seconds into the third round.
In other action, Antonio Johnson (8-1, 4 KO's) took apart game Silas Ortley (4-10, 3 KO's), dropping him three times before the end came :25 seconds into the 5th.
Antwan Robertson (8-7-1, 5 KO's) won an 8 round split decision over Brad Patraw (7-4, 4 KO's) to even the fight score at 2 wins apiece.
In the opener, Tony Lee (5-1, 2 KO's) took a 5 round unanimous decision over Mike Davis (5-9, 4 KO's)...

WEIGHTS FROM MNPLS
Thursday, November 10, 2011


Matt Vanda 166.5 vs. Harley Kilfian 165.5
Brad Patraw 121 vs. Antwan Robertson 119.5
Tony Lee 139 vs. Mike Davis 139
Antonio Johnson 155 vs. Silas Ortley 157
* Aaron Green's opponent Karl Knothe decided to take a different fight out of state instead
Promoter: MSC/RDS
Venue: Saint Paul Armory
More details to come on weigh-ins


PATRAW, ROBERTSON ROUND 4
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Bantamweights Brad Patraw and Antwan Robertson will meet for a fourth time this Friday night as the co-main event to Matt Vanda-Harley Kilfian. Patraw holds the edge so far, winning the first and third meeting. Local fans hope for the fireworks the rematch produced however as the two fighters traded bombs for 8 rounds in that bout.
Brad Patraw: Training for this fight has gone well. Bob (Van Syckle) is showing me a lot of new things and Jason (Litzau) has been helping me out a hell of a lot as well. Come November 11th I am coming to make another statement against Antwan only this time even bigger then before. There will not be a reason for a fifth fight, mark my words.
Antwan Robertson: I am extremely motivated to even the score with Brad. I showed him what I am capable of in the second fight and I am going to do it again on Friday night. I am not just going to knock him out. I want to make a statement. I plan on knocking him out cold in the first few rounds.

FRIDAY NIGHT BOXING LINE-UP
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pro Boxing Returns to the Saint Paul Armory this Friday, November 11. Fighter interviews coming soon.

MAIN EVENT - 8 ROUNDS - 168 LBS
Matt "The Predator" Vanda (43-13) St. Paul, MN vs. Harley Kilfian (9-7) Menominee, WI

CO-MAIN EVENT - 8 ROUNDS - 122 LBS
"Bad" Brad Patraw (7-3) St. Paul, MN vs. Antwan "Lil Superman" Robertson (7-7-1) Minneapolis, MN

5 ROUNDS - 140 lbs
Tony "Too Sharp" Lee (4-1) St. Paul, MN vs. Mike Davis (5-8) Minot, ND

4 ROUNDS - Heavyweights
Aaron "Gorilla" Green (3-0) Minneapolis, MN vs. Karl Knothe (0-0) Minneapolis, MN

5 ROUNDS - 154 lbs
Antonio Johnson (7-1-1) St. Paul, MN vs. Silas Ortley (4-9) Sioux Falls, SD
4 Rounds - 154 lbs

QUICK WEEKEND RESULTS
Friday, November 5, 2011

Raphael Butler was stopped in round 3 against Chris Arreola last night. .Butler was dropped multiple times but fought back hard throughout the bout. For the full fight video...

• From Queensberry-rules.com: In bonus coverage junior middleweight prospect Hugo "The Boss" Centeno looked in control early against "The Fighting Chihuahua" Hector Orozco but the Minnesotan came back in the third to turn up the pressure and land some shots of his own. Centeno regained his footing in the 4th but ended up taking more damage than he probably expected against the game Orozco. Centeno (10-0, 6 KOs) secured the six-round decision 59-55 and 58-56 (twice), but the crowd clearly favored the Fighting Chihuahua.

VIDEO: KOLLE STOPS WAYKA, LAASE WINS
Saturday, October 30, 2011
Andy Kolle (24-2) sent James Wayka (16-11) to the canvas a total of five times in under two rounds last weekend at the 4 Bears Casino in ND. Wayka put up a fight though and went punch for punch with Kolle for the first half of the round. Kolle's trademark left hand would change any success Wayka was having however later in the first as it was down hill for Wayka following the first knockdown. "The fight went great" said Kolle. "The game plan that Jason (Hendrickson) had was just setting into place when I put him down the first time. James was game and came in shape ready to fight...
LIVE RESULTS FROM NEW TOWN, ND
Saturday, October 22, 2011


8 Round Main Event
Andy Kolle Vs James Wayka
• Andy "Kaos" Kolle (24-2, 18 Ko's) stopped James Wayka (16-11, 8 Ko's) by TKO in the second round moments ago in North Dakota. Kolle sent Wayka to the canvas three times during the bout. Full fight video to follow as well as more details. Quick results courtesy of Todd Bechthold at ringside. -9:47pm

RJ Laase Vs Alan Moore
• RJ Laase moves to (7-1, 4 Ko's) with first round destruction of Alan Moore (2-13) of Indiana. Laase dropped Moore three times in the round with head shots. -7:57pm

Dustin Mason Vs Tony Dunaski
• Dustin Mason improves to (2-0, 2 Ko's) with a first round KO over former sparring partner Tony Dunaski (0-1). -7:48pm

Tyler Hultin Vs Tony Dewey
• Tyler Hultin improves to (2-0-1, 2 Ko's) with a first round TKO win over Tony Dewey (0-4) of Indiana. Hultin stopped Dewey with a body shot. -7:40pm


UPPERCUT AMATEUR BOXING RESULTS
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE

For the second Saturday in a row, amateur boxing offered unbelievable action, first with the Brunette’s card last weekend and then with Uppercut’s card last Saturday night. Uppercut, one of Minnesota’s premiere gyms, brought out some of Minnesota’s well-known figures in the sport, including: internationally renowned judge Denny Nelson, former State Light Heavyweight champion Zack “Jungle boy” Walters, and former State Middleweight Champion Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante. Saturday’s fights offered both causal and die-hard fan a mixture of action to suit their preferences, and the action got started with...

BRUNETTE BOXING RESULTS
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - BY RAY KILGORE
On Saturday night, Brunette boxing showcased a 10-fight card that kept a decent-sized crowd entertained for over two hours. Admission price was a steal at $10.00 and under, because all evening, the matches provided every fan, regardless of their tastes, with all kinds of action, from pure boxing skills to stoppages to toe-to-toe give and take and heart-thumping slug-fests. And the action started with...
LOWRY STOPS LOVELESS IN INDIANA
Friday, September 16, 2011

 

41 year old Troy "TNT" Lowry (28-11, 15 KO's) knocked hometown hero Travis Loveless (20-1, 17 KO's) out cold in the fifth round moments ago in Indiana. Lowry, who was unable to put much of a training camp together due to work, was behind on the cards going in to the fifth but landed a crushing right hand to the head sending Loveless to the canvas at 1:32. Lowry sent word from Indiana that he hopes to face MN Middleweight champ "Golden" Caleb Truax next.
Minneapolis heavyweight Boris Shishporenok (7-3) was stopped by James shorter (1-0) earlier on the card in the second round. Shishporenok's trainer Ron Peterson said that Boris injured his arm before the stoppage.

FAULK HELPS PREPARE MAYWEATHER JR
Friday, September 16, 2011
"It's money time!" yelled former IBF jr. middleweight champ Kassim Ouma, cutting my telephone interview with St. Paul's Michael Faulk short. Money time is the term used by Floyd Mayweather Jr and his team of fighters put together to help prepare him for tomorrow nights PPV clash with Victor Ortiz. And Faulk is one of the fighters that was brought in by Mayweather and his team which also include Ouma, Sechew Powell, and Deandre Latimore. In fact, Faulk was the first fighter brought in to camp late July and has stayed on board until the end of camp despite other fighters being sent home.
"Floyd is just so hard to hit, he is that good" said Faulk. "I can't imagine what it will be like sparring anybody else out there from now on after sparring with Mayweather. He puts in the hardest workout I have ever seen and that is after he gets done sparring!"
The former nationally ranked amateur Faulk spoke with Minnesotaboxing.com about his time spent in the Mayweather Jr. camp, what he has coming up and more. The full story will be posted shortly. Mayweather vs Ortiz can be seen live on PPV tomorrow night.
MCLAURIN'S VICTORY CHANGED TO UD
Monday, September 12, 2011
Jeremy McLaurin won an action filled decision over Gary Eyer in last Friday's main event at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The bout was action packed but McLaurin seemed to be the busier offensive fighter as he dictated the pace of the fight. However, judge Scott Moe saw the fight a draw, giving McLaurin a majority decision win while being comfortably ahead on the other two scorecards. Minnesotaboxing.com learned moments ago that Executive Director of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Jim Erickson came across a tally error while preparing results for FightFax which came in round 8 on Moe's card. The score was mistakenly tallied 10-9 for Eyer but Erickson says Moe actually scored the round 10-10. With the correction, Moe's card has McLaurin up 77-76 on Moe's card according to Mr. Erickson.
FRIDAY NIGHT PHOTO REPORT
Saturday, September 10, 2011 By Ray Kilgore and Jesse Kelley at Ringside


Jeremy McLaurin (9-2, 5 Ko's), won a majority decision 76-76, 78-74 and 79-73 over Gary Eyer (8-2, 6 Ko's) in the off TV main event Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The bout featured good action throughout.
In other action, Harley Kilfian stopped Tim Taggart by TKO after a deep gash over Taggart's left eye by a punch put an end to the fight. Hector Orozco evened the score with Tony Lee by winning unanimously. TJ Gibson shocked Al Sands, stopping him in round four...
HINCKLEY, MN SCALE WATCH
Thursday, September 8, 2011


Gary Eyer vs Jeremy McLaurin Photo Courtesy of Kaos Boxing

Hector Sanchez 143 vs Vincent Arroyo 143
Lateef Kayode 198 vs Felix Cora Jr. 198
(NABA Cruiserweight Championship)
Gary Eyer 124.5 vs Jeremy McLaurin 125
Harley Kilfian 172 vs Tim Taggart 175
Tony Lee 142.5 vs Hector Orozco 143
Al Sands 199.5 vs T J Gibson 197.5
Venue: Grand Casino Event Center
Promoter: MSC/RDS/Gary Shaw
TV: ShoBox The New Generation

MN HALL OF FAME BANQUET UPDATE
Wednesday, August 25, 2011
MNBHOF PRESS RELEASE: The 2011 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet scheduled for October 11th at the Nicollet Island Pavilion is now right around the corner. Social Hour is 5 to 7 pm with Dinner and Inductions beginning right at 7 pm. Because we sold out our original venue so fast, one advantage of running at the Nicollet Island Pavilion is that we can accomodate much larger crowds. Last year we had 252 people at the Induction. This year, we already have 370 tickets sold and that number continues to climb higher each day. We will be on the radio up in "Bobick" country next Tuesday the 30th on KTLF 960 AM radio for their Partyline Program from 10 to 11 am and then on again around 11 am on 92.1 FM with Al Windsperger talking boxing, Bobick, and the HOF.
Right now, we not only have a great many present pro fighters coming, but a ton of our past greats such as: Bob "Iceman" Coolidge, Danny Morgan, Brian Brunette, Gary "The Hammer" Holmgren, Bobby Rodriguez, Rafael Rodriguez, Will Grigsby, Larry LaCoursiere, Richie Albrecht, Rocky McCaleb, Rocky Sekorski, Jim Beattie, Don Weller, Tony Bonsante, Clem Tucker, George Anderson, Chuck Gardner, Saverino Garcia, and many more, and of course, our living Inductees of Duane Bobick and Mike Evgen. This does not count any of our past great trainers that are coming or our present fighters such as Walters, Kolle, Kost, Truax, Litzau, Abell and others that are coming to honor the past fighters that came before them. As I have done before, I encourage all of you to come out and support your state Hall of Famers this year. It's gonna be a helluva good time and we hope to see all of you there. If interested, simply go to our website www.mnbhof.org and check out the ticket info tab to find out how to get your tickets. Please come out and meet our past greats and mingle and network with almost 400 other people as obsessed with boxing as we all are. We now have the room, so come on out! Thanks guys!
SCOTT LEDOUX PASSES
Thursday, August 12, 2011

MN boxing hall of famer Scott LeDoux passed away late yesterday afternoon after a long bout with ALS. From fighter, to politition, LeDoux was known as a guy who stood tall, not only in stature, but also for the way he fought for what he believed in outside of the ring. LeDoux helped put Mn boxing on the map throughout the 70's and went on to help bring boxing back to MN in 2006 as he headed the newly formed boxing commission.

 

PATRICIA "RYAN" HAMILTON WILL BE MISSED
Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Ryan Hamilton, founder and editor of www.LiveFromRingside.com passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer last Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the age of 32. Preceded in death by great-grandparents Alfred & Clady. Survived by mother, Christine; father, Carlos Franklin; sister, Brittany; brother, Jeremiah; godmother, Elizabeth Petty; and a host of other family and friends. Ryan was able to help many amateur boxers over the years through her work as an editor, photographer, writer and friend to many. A private memorial service will be held. A public celebration of life in honor of Ryan will be held at a later date to be announced.

MINNESOTANS COMPETE AT OLYMPIC TRIALS
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
QUICK RESULTS POSTED TO THE RIGHT Olympic team trials have begun and Minnesota has three fighters competing today. COD's Adonis Frazier informed us that Mnpls' Damarius Russell, who is now in the Marines stationed in Camp Lejeune, N.C. will be first of the Minnesotans to compete today at 1pm in the 165 pound division against Antoine Douglas of Burke, Va.
Oakdale's Robert Brant, who qualified for the trials yesterday will battle Sijuola Shabazz of Las Cruces, N.M. The two lightheavy's have met a number of times throughout the amateurs splitting wins in the process.
Finally, heavyweight Jonathan Hamm, fighting out of the Rice Street Gym, boxes Brett Rather of Las Vegas in the 6pm session along with Brant. Hamm was recently featured in the Star Tribune by writer Rachel Blount. The story paints a wonderful picture of Hamm, who is highly regarded around the Nation for his ring skills..
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WEEKEND RESULTS
Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday night: Antwan Robertson (6-6-1) lost an 8 round unanimous decision to Steve Canell (7-4-3) in Canada. Patrick Cape (6-11) lost by TKO in round two against Sean Eklund (9-4)...

Unbeaten super featherweight Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) destroyed Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KOs) in the first round on HBO in Mexico. Broner trapped Litzau in the corner and battered Litzau to the deck. Time was 2:58. With the win, Broner claimed the vacant USNBC title. -Fightnews.com For video...

Friday night: Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO) Friday night in Texas. Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez. -Fightnews.com
For video...

LITZAU, BRONER MAKE WEIGHT
Friday, June 17, 2011


Jason Litzau (129.6) and Adrien Broner (128.3) both made weight Friday afternoon in Mexico. The two battle in Saturday nights HBO co-feature. Photo courtesty of Golden Boy Promotions.

WEIGHTS FROM AUSTIN, TEXAS
Thursday, June 16, 2011


Photo Courtesty of Sean Hickman

Antonio Gamez 150 vs Javontae Starks 147.75

TRUAX WINS STATE TITLE IN THRILLER
Saturday, May 28, 2011

In a clash for the Minnesota State middleweight title, unbeaten Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Andy Kolle (23-3, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Saint Paul Armory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Truax, 96-94 Kolle.
IBF #8 welterweight Said Ouali (28-3, 20 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of late sub Dumont Welliver (18-24-1, 6 KOs), who took the fight on short notice after Ouali’s original opponent Jhon Berrio was a no show.
"Sir" Charles Meier (5-2) won a unanimous decision over Silas Ortley (4-9-1). Scores were 39-37 on all three cards.
Jake Backus (1-2) won a majority decision over Philip Adyaka (0-3).
Aaron Green (3-0) knocked out Zak Jensen (0-2) at 1:13 of the 1st round.
Mike Richman (1-0) stopped Bruce Johnson in Rd 4...

WEIGHTS FROM THE ACR GYM
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:15pm


More Photos and video including interviews with Jake Backus and Philip Adyaka will be posted tomorrow morning.

Minnesota State MiddleweightTitle Fight
Andy Kolle 160 vs. Caleb Truax 160
Said Ouali 153 vs. Dumont Welliver (weighs in tomorrow)
(Ouali's original opponent Jhon Berrio was a no show)
Aaron Green 265 vs. Zak Jensen 280
Charles Meier 161.5 vs. Silas Ortley 160
Jake Backus 118 vs. Phillip Adayka 120
Mike Richman 150 vs. Bruce Johnson 151
Michael Faulk injured his back and his bout with Trent Mcnutt is off
Venue: National Guard Armory, Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions

FULL REPORT: EDWARDS DECISIONS GIBSON
Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 9:55pm - Report By Ray Kilgore - Photos By Jesse Kelley


Cerresso Fort (right) stopped Tim Taggart Jr. in the co-featured bout Friday night in Hinckley

Leading up to Friday's night fight at Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, 26, and his trainer, Jeff Warner, did a good job of talking up Edwards as the next best heavyweight.
"Ray will be the first to come from pro football as a starter and destroy the heavyweight division," Warner told a local newspaper before the fight. "He's a modern-day Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson combined."
Well, Edwards, who was rumored to have received $5,000 plus 50 percent of the live gate, was far from either Ali or Tyson, taking a four-round unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson winning by scores of 40-34, 39-35, 40-34 on all three cards.
The 6'5", 258-pound Edwards quickly discovered that 5'9" Gibson wasn't willing to come in and lie down, as many expected he would...

BUTLER VS PRICE LIVE STREAM UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011 - 2:31pm Updated at 4:30pm
Raphael Butler took a huge right hand from David Price to the side of the face that dropped him hard early in round one moments ago in England. Butler was seriously hurt but made it to his feet where he was put down for good seconds later.
I will try to provide a live stream of Raphael Butlers fight against David Price from England. It appears the fights start around 3:30pm local time. Click the following link and play the "Sky Sports 1 " link on the right hand side of page. If the link goes down I will try to find a working one... CLICK HERE
WASSWA, KILFIAN STOPPED ON THE ROAD
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 10:24pm
Minneapolis featherweight Hassan Wasswa (5-13-3) was stopped in the third round last night in Canada by Tyson Cave (14-1)...
Menominee Wisconsin’s Harley “The Sandman” Kilfan (8-7) also lost by stoppage in Maryland to Alex Guerrero (6-0-1)...
WEEKEND RECAP, UPCOMING WEEKEND ACTION
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011 - 2:45pm

Last weekend saw Jeremy McLaurin stopped in the opening round in Vegas and Oakdale's Rob Brant go (0-3) in World Series of Boxing action. This weekend Minneapolis featherweight Hassan Wasswa travels to Canada to face flashy boxer Tyson Cave while local amateur shows can be seen tonight in Duluth and Saturday at the Uppercut Gym in Mnpls.
Last Saturday, McLaurin (8-2) traveled outside of his home state for the first time to battle undefeated prospect Juan Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KO's). McLaurin, who stood a few inches shorter then his opponent, Stood and traded with Gonzalez from the start. McLaurin was able to land some decent body blows and chopping overhand shots but Gonzalez kept his guard high and his punches found their target early as an uppercut followed by another head shot dropped the Minnesotan. Referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight at 1:56 as McLaurin was getting to his feet to continue.
Memphis Force light heavyweight Robert Brant continued to look strong in the early going of his bout against Ahmed Elbiali of Florida only to lose the lead down the stretch last Sunday night. Worldseriesofboxing.com reported the following...
Ahmed Elbiali (Sunny Isles, Fla.) came into his light heavyweight (85 kg/187 lbs) bout against Robert Brant (St. Paul, Minn.) determined to keep the Gallos in contention for the win. It was an uphill battle for Elbiali, as the more experienced Brant forced his opponent to chase him around the ring. But Elbiali took his time and wore Brant down with solid punches to the head and body, getting the decision, 48-47, 48-47, 48-47.
This weekend is busy for our amateurs as well as one of our pro's. 31 year old Hassan Wasswa (5-12) returns to Canada for the 5th time in his last 6 bouts to face south paw Tyson Cave (13-1) on Saturday night. Cave holds wins over locals Antwan Robertson and Darby Smart in 2010.
Amateur Boxing: Saint Patrick's Day boxing takes place tonight at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. For those that can't attend, the fights can be seen live starting at 7PM at www.ifan.tv
The 2011 Golden Gloves Region 1 tournament tournament is this Saturday at the Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis. Doors open at 7pm.

TRUAX DECISIONS WILLIAMS IN HINCKLEY
FEBRUARY 27TH, 2011 - PHOTOS AND REPORT BY JESSE KELLEY

"Golden" Caleb Truax (17-0-1, 10 KO's) of Osseo, MN remained undefeated Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with a hard fought majority decision win over Phil "The Drill" Williams (11-4-1, 10 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN. Truax and Williams battled to a 10 round draw on April 23rd of last year. Both fighters fought cautiously for the better part of the first meeting and after three rounds Saturday night, it seemed fans were in for another cautious chess match.
The punches began to fly however near the end of round three and the action was constant for the remainder of the fight. Scores read 95/95, 97/94, 96/94..FOR FULL FIGHT REPORT...

TRUAX-WILLIAMS SETTLE WEIGHT ISSUES
FEBRUARY 26TH, 2011

The main event between Caleb Truax and Phil Williams is on tonight despite trouble at last nights weigh-ins. Caleb Truax weighed in at 161, a pound under the contracted weight of 162. Williams weighed 165, three pounds over. After being given 2 hours to shed the weight Williams still weighed 164.5. The two camps were later able to come to an agreement on a purse deduction because of the weight and the fight remains on for tonight in Hinckley, MN. Stay tuned to the Twitter feed to the left for live results tonight.

Main Event 10 Rounds
Phil Williams 164.5 Caleb Truax 161

Semi-Main Event
Rob Diezel 130.5 Ismail Muwendo 129.5

Charles Meier 161 Tim Taggart 164

Justin Danforth 146.5 Jamal James 145

Alexander Tousignant 144.5 Tony Lee 140

Zak Jensen 227.5 Serhiy Karpenko 287

VANDA DROPS DECISION TO CAMPAS IN REMATCH
FEBRUARY 19TH, 2011
Matt Vanda (42-13) lost a unanimous decision to Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas(96-15-1) late last night in Mexico. The fight was delayed over an hour because of a failed power supply. Once things got started it sounds like the leather flew for 10 back and forth rounds. More details to come.
ALFARO OUTSLUGS EYER IN DULUTH
FEBRUARY 14TH, 2011

Vicente Alfaro (5-1) won an 8 round split decision on Saturday night in Duluth over Gary Eyer (8-1-1). It was a non stop slugfest from beginning to end. Both men continued to trade heavy punches throughout the bout and each showed incredible heart in the process but Alfaro was landing more frequently as Eyer was unable to sustain a constant attack like he has in past fights. Both fighters let their punches fly in the closing moments of an action packed fight. When the smoke cleared, Alfaro had earned a split decision victory by scores of 78-74, 78-74 for Alfaro and 78-75 for Eyer.
In other action RJ Laase won a unanimous decision over Hector Orozco in an entertaining 6 rounder.
Aaron Green (2-0) stopped Jordan Zeigler (1-1) in round one.
Al Sands (2-0) stopped Zack Zeigler (3-2) at 2:25 of the opening round.
Dustin Mason (1-0) stopped Andrew Selvig (0-1) in the opening round.
FOR FULL DETAILS AND MORE PHOTO'S...

WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH
FEBRUARY 11TH, 2011

Gary Eyer and Vicente Alfaro were on a mission during training camp to prove doubters wrong that said they could not make the bantamweight (118) limit. They ended up doing that and a whole lot more moments ago at tonights weigh-ins. Eyer weighed in at 114 while Alfaro came in even lighter at 113.8 (no those are not misprints) for their main event clash set for tomorrow night.


Photo Credit: Jason Hendrickson
Gary Eyer 114 vs Vicente Alfaro 113.8
RJ Laase 138.5 vs Hector Orozco 139.5
Aaron Green 276 vs Jordan Ziegler 229
Al Sands 201.5 vs Zack Ziegler 221
Dustin Mason 135 vs Andrew Selvig 136.4

WEEKEND RESULTS - JANUARY 28TH & 29TH
JANUARY 28TH , 2011 - UPDATED FEBRUARY 3RD

Mnpls featherweight Hassan Wasswa (5-12) lost a hard fought rematch to Steve Cannell (6-4-3) last Saturday night in Canada. Official scores show Wasswa was swept on the cards but reports as well as words from Cannell himself reveal Wasswa putting up a tough effort. For a full recap of Wasswa's fight
On Friday night, Corey Rodriguez (5-2-2) was stopped in the fifth round by Achour Esho (10-0). Multiple reporters at press row informed Minnesotaboxing.com afterwards that Rodriguez dominated the first four rounds, dropping Esho hard in the fourth. Esho came back strong in the fifth however and Rodriguez was caught with punches along the ropes where the referee stopped the fight despite protests from Rodriguez. For multiple fight recaps Fightnews> Maxboxing>
Joey Abell was stopped at 2:18 of the first round by Chris Arreola. Abell landed some nice shots early but was caught on the ropes with a big right followed by a barrage of shots where the ref waived the fight off. Jon Schmidt was dropped three times by Shawn Estrada on his way to a first round KO loss. Both bouts were seen on the ESPN telecast. For photo-report

 

 

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